Please do something about the painfully slow manual setup.
Suggestion #1 speed up process.
Have graphics when setting up be sped up. If computer is playing have their placement instant, not a 2 second delay.
Simultaneously place your pieces. I have played where after you have claimed your territory you can place all you want where you want and when you are happy you say complete. How about the let everyone claim their territories and after that everyone can place their pieces how they want and fortify from any owned territories until satisfied.
On fog of war mode you cannot see opponents anyway so why not let us place all of our pieces in one turn.
Have the AI smarter than placing their pieces evenly across all of their territories.